who we help
Working hard to benefit the local community
The Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board (LSIDB) is an independent public body maintaining local watercourses and drainage.
To complete our work, we engage with, and assist, many individuals and groups who all share an interest in Lower Severn drainage management. They include:
local authorities / councils
In the face of increasing climate uncertainty, LSIDB and local councils work in partnership to shape a sustainable future through responsible water management practices.
The LSIDB works with landowners to maximise agricultural productivity, support conservation, and optimise water resources sustainably.
Around 10% of the land within the LSIDB drainage boundary is developed land – both residential property and commercial units, for example in Bristol City.
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) is the government agency responsible for the work undertaken by the LSIDB, and also directly supervises all main watercourses. The LSIDB also works closely with the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities, and Local Authorities surrounding planning issues.
wildlife, canal & river trusts
The LSIDB works in partnership with both Wildlife and Waterways Trusts to preserve and safeguard the ecological, historical, and cultural significance of our waterways and the habitats they provide.
water & energy companies
The LSIDB provides vital flood risk management and drainage consulting and maintenance for water/ water treatment and energy companies. Network-critical assets within our drainage boundary include Nuclear Power and gas-fired power generation facilities, renewable power generation and National Grid infrastructure.
other ADA members
The Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) is the UK membership body for organisations involved in water level management and is the national representative body for Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in England.
Latest from LSIDB
Postcard from the Past
Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935
ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023
LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference
Pumping Stations Public Consultation 2023
Two consultation events at Oldbury on Severn and Whitminster were held
Dr Manjit Pope
Chief Executive Officer